do you recommend any specialists in the south west?

Anything to do with the NHS or Private Healthcare.

Moderators: perseus, *Lisa*, FluppyPuffy

do you recommend any specialists in the south west?

Postby Adele » Wed Mar 23, 2011 11:03 pm

hi everyone,

my doctor referred me to a local hospital today for acupuncture and to a fibro expert at bath rheumatic hospital. these were my suggestions so i am very happy.

if anyone has seen a specialist that they would recommend please can you post their details and a brief summary of why you think they are worth seeing. i am looking for a new pain specialist, a cfs specialist, any of the usual suspects.

i'm lucky to have a gp who will refer me. the problem is that some specialists see that i have psychiactric problems and then switch off and don't want to help.

i'm mentally stronger than i've been in a long time. i just need my body to catch up.

:wine: i hope you all had sunny skies today :hugs: adele xx
Adele
UKFM Member
 
Posts: 732
Joined: Mon Apr 05, 2010 7:25 pm

Re: do you recommend any specialists in the south west?

Postby guesstimation » Wed Mar 30, 2011 2:03 pm

I'll be interested in the answers to this too, I am in Devon and there is a severe lack of specialists here, the NHS guy I finally saw was a psychiatrist and I have huge doubts about him, though he did say in his report I am not depressed or anxious etc so at least he is accepting it is not psychological. I just feel there must be someone more appropriate locally and I am missing it!
guesstimation
UKFM Member
 
Posts: 26
Joined: Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:46 pm

Re: do you recommend any specialists in the south west?

Postby Adele » Wed Mar 30, 2011 3:01 pm

there are usually specialists at most big hospitals local that can help. rheumatologists, neurologists, pain specialists, physio and pain clinics come to mind. you really need to get a proper diagnosis before you can move forward. with the new choose and book service you get to choose which hospital you get treated at.

it is my right to get the treatment that has been approved by NICE for my different health problems and i will get it. some of the doctors have not helped me because i have a mental health problem. one pain specialist sent me to a pain psychologist who decided after 5 minutes that i had a good understanding of my pain and she didn't need to see me again.

someone must have been worried about your mental health to send you to a psychiatrist. if your gp thinks your pain is psychosomatic i recommend you change to one who believes you and don't stop until you find one who will help. if you want to see prof. davies on the nhs ask to be refered. if i waited for my gp to refer me off his own back i'd get no where. i research treatments, medications and specialists and ask him to prescribe or refer accordingly. he has only ever refused me one drug.

best of luck. if you have any more questions ask away. :hugs:
Adele
UKFM Member
 
Posts: 732
Joined: Mon Apr 05, 2010 7:25 pm

Re: do you recommend any specialists in the south west?

Postby Adele » Wed Mar 30, 2011 3:07 pm

....just wanted to add that i live in gloucestershire and travelled to london to see prof. davies. as far as i know if you can get there you can see any specialist in the nhs.
Adele
UKFM Member
 
Posts: 732
Joined: Mon Apr 05, 2010 7:25 pm

Re: do you recommend any specialists in the south west?

Postby guesstimation » Wed Mar 30, 2011 3:16 pm

Thanks

It is really complicated I do a lot of research and do ask for what I think I need but with the change of GPs I have had its been a nightmare, and they refused to do anything until I had seen the NHS specialist.

I don't believe they were worried about my mental health, and I haven't been worried about that, luckily it takes a lot more to get me down as have dealt with bad illness since childhood. It does annoy me that I have to tell my employers and friends that my GP is sending me to a psychiatrist though as they then also think it's in my head and I am just depressed! The psychiatrist is the only specialist in this area - apparently it's a special interest he has, there are no other specialists to be referred to for a diagnosis, he agrees I have M.E. but hasn't said much else.

I am seeing my doctor in 2 weeks time again and will have been drug free other than pain killers so will know how I am feeling and what it is down to, I then intend to demand the referral to a pain clinic again and look at other options. The psychiatrist is the one now recommending what treatment I should be on and changing things and he totally dismissed P. Davies' opinion, I have made it clear I am not happy and do not believe he has the expertise to do this. I want to give the trigger point injections a try again too as I felt they helped last time. Unfortunately because they were messing with my medication and I had no idea why I was feeling what I haven't felt able to demand what I want yet, and also was told I should give the new treatment a chance - well I did and now we are doing things my way!

I have looked and looked and there are no specialists in my area other than this psychiatrist, not that I can find online any way.
guesstimation
UKFM Member
 
Posts: 26
Joined: Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:46 pm

Re: do you recommend any specialists in the south west?

Postby guesstimation » Wed Mar 30, 2011 3:17 pm

Adele wrote:....just wanted to add that i live in gloucestershire and travelled to london to see prof. davies. as far as i know if you can get there you can see any specialist in the nhs.


Thanks I will add that to my demands list!!
guesstimation
UKFM Member
 
Posts: 26
Joined: Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:46 pm

Re: do you recommend any specialists in the south west?

Postby Adele » Wed Mar 30, 2011 3:35 pm

where do you live in devon? it doesn't matter if you don't want to say. i used to live in plymouth and derriford hospital is the largest hospital in europe. if you can get there they surely must have everything you need? i find it helps to approach your gp with one request at a time until you know each other better. you need a formal diagnosis to start with. ask him to refer you to a rheumatologist. if the surgery uses the choose and book service you can then choose the one you want including prof. davies. if the prof didn't diagnose you with fibro maybe it would help to get a second opinion from another rheummy. unfortunately i know that my local nhs trust won't fund the injections he has given you.

i am in alot of pain so will have to stop typing for now. best wishes, adele
Adele
UKFM Member
 
Posts: 732
Joined: Mon Apr 05, 2010 7:25 pm


Return to Doctors & Health Services

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

cron